Kentucky Derby Party Inspired by Lily Pulitzer

This party was inspired by a Kentucky Derby Lily Pulitzer print. The client requested bright greens, hot pink and pops of gold for a sophisticated, fun look. All centerpieces were cut on a Cricut Explore machine and assembled by hand. This was such a fun party to style!

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May the 4th Be With You: Star Wars Inspired Party

I have always been a HUGE Star Wars fan so the opportunity to style this party was a dream come true! They even had a real life size R2D2 there courtesy of a family friend. In honor of May the 4th Be With You aka Star Wars Day, check out pictures from this awesome Star Wars inspired party and scroll to the bottom to download your FREE Star Wars water bottle labels!

Download the Star Wars water bottle labels by clicking here!

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

Take a trip down the rabbit hole and check out this WONDERFUL Mad Hatter themed tea party that we styled and photographed for Girly-Girl Partea’s. We offered tea party sandwiches, themed cupcakes, Drink Me juice (squeeze-its) and Eat Me cookies for guests to eat. Everyone had their hair done with spray in color and glitter, mini-manicures and make-up. Guests also enjoyed a Mad Hatter Hat Making Station and were able to customize their hat prior to attending the tea party. What a fun party!

Inside Out Party Printables

This Inside Out party was a “joy” to design printables for. A candy buffet with Bing Bong Tears, Rainbow Unicorn Cookies and more was the centerpiece to a very colorful tablescape. Guests enjoyed Disgust Veggies, Sadness Sandwiches, Tears of Joy and Mini Cupcakes. The photo booth was the perfect accent to this party with tons of characters and birthday sayings. Scroll down to see how the craft is made! Check out Girly-Girl Partea’s for more photos of this adorable party! 

IMG_9320CRAFT TUTORIAL: Gumball necklaces are such a popular item for kids. Typically these necklaces are made of plastic gumboil size beads, but DID YOU KNOW you can actually make them out of REAL gumballs?! Purchase multiple gumball colors and use a hand held drill to drill holes in the center. This makes a mess so be sure to protect your table, but isn’t too time consuming or difficult. Using a knitting needle (very important!) thread thin (quarter inch or smaller) ribbon through the holes. Tie knots on either side of the gumboils to space them out or stack multiple gumboils together for a fuller look. The back simply ties into a cute bow and voila! For this party, the colors were all attributed to ‘memories’ (purple was fear, red was anger, yellow was joy, etc). This craft can really be used for any party theme to make cute necklaces for guests to wear and take home.

North Pole Breakfast with Elf on the Shelf

‘Tis the season….to throw the perfect party! Check out this adorable Elf on the Shelf themed North Pole brunch hosted by Girly-Girl Partea’s. I just loved having the opportunity to craft these unique printables! Learn how to make your own NORTH POLE sign at the bottom of this post.

IMG_2899NORTH POLE TUTORIAL: To make the North Pole I recycled an old shipping tube, though wrapping paper rolls or PVC pipe would work too. I spray painted the base color (silver) and then wrapped ribbon in different colors (using hot glue to attach it). I pushed the bottom into a styrofoam block I purchased from the Dollar Tree and then covered the block of foam in Modge Podge and sprinkled fake snow and some iridescent glitter on top to give it a frosty shimmer. I made the ‘North Pole’ sign and glue it to the pole. The top is actually a plastic Snow Globe from Hobby Lobby (the ones you can insert a picture in and design yourself). I filled it with some gold tulle and battery operated lights I found in the dollar section at Target. My tube was actually the perfect width for the globe base to sit in nicely. A clear ornament would work too with any size tubing. That’s what I used for the top of the directional sign.

Wonder Woman Inspired Party Printables

This adorable girl power, Wonder Woman inspired party was hosted by Girly-Girl Partea’s, with printables by Party By A Princess. This party theme is the perfect way to include boys and girls and create a unique, memorable experience for the birthday girl and her guests. Scroll to the bottom to see our mini tutorial on how to make superhero cuffs for your guests for next to nothing!

*PARTY TIP: cut toilet paper rolls in half (one roll per child) and then spray paint them silver or gold. Have guests decorate them with stickers and then wear them as superhero cuffs! Easy, thrifty and fun.

TUTORIAL: Seahorse Straw Accents for Mermaid Party

IMG_0991It’s the little touches that really set a party over the top! Here is the inspiration for this project, Seahorse Straw Decor. These were made using a 12×12″ sheet of aqua glitter scrapbook paper (cardstock is preferred) and my Cricut Explore machine.

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Finally, use paper straws (purchased from Michaels for $1.00) and a hot glue gun. Place one dot of glue near the head of the seahorse and wrap the tail around the straw. Place in cup and enjoy!

Fairy Themed Party on a Dollar Store Budget

FairyPartyThe Dollar Tree is my absolute favorite store. So many wonderful items for such a cheap price. It is my go to for craft projects and party decor. I’ve found so many items that would be perfect for a fairy themed party.

Outfits for Guests

No fairy party is complete without dress up clothes for the guests. The Dollar Tree has fairy wingstutustiaras and wands, all at an affordable rate. Altogether, you can expect to spend $3-5 per guest and give them a complete outfit to take home.


Activities for the Kids

20150801_181311Activities for the kids are also incredibly important when planning a party. Once your guests are dressed in their fairy attire, use some glitter eyeshadow to make them sparkle. The Dollar Tree also sells foam fairy wands (though they don’t appear available for purchase on their website, but I took a picture of them at our local store). These wands are the perfect activity to let the kids decorate and get creative with, especially with these adhesive craft stickers. Another great activity is painting nails. Little girls LOVE having their nails painted so grab a few fun, fairy colors from the make-up aisle and maybe some loose glitter or press on rhinestones to accent their mini manicure.

Pixie Dust Necklaces

Another great activity is to make “Pixie Dust” necklaces. With these (found on the nail care aisle) and some pretty ribbon or twine, you instantly have a beautiful necklace for your guests to take home. And they come 8 per pack so they’re very budget friendly.

Decorating the Table

The table decor is one of the staple items of any party. The Dollar Tree has tablecloths and dinner ware in nearly every color imaginable. Green, pink and purple would be the perfect color combination for a fairy themed party. Select one main color as the tablecloth. Purchase a second tablecloth in a contrasting color to use a table runner.

For centerpieces, take your pick of flowers and use these some moss accents in between. Odds always look better so choose either one big centerpiece or three (maybe a big one in the middle with two smaller ones on the outside). The Dollar Tree sells vases too, or use one from your home to save extra.  These beautiful flowers/butterflies can also add a whimsical touch to the overall look. Finish your table

Finish your table setting with color coordinating cups, napkins, plates and utensils. Setting each place gives a better overall look than leaving items at the food table. You can purchase extra fairy wings (or use the ones you will give to the guests) to tie to the backs of chairs for an added touch of magic. Alternatively, you can hang wings over the table. Mix in streamers or make tissue paper pom poms for an even grander look.

You always, always, ALWAYS want to make your food presentation decor worthy. Don’t just throw a bunch of food on a table. Give your dishes cute names and decorate accordingly. The Dollar Tree has a ton of serving ware that can really give it a polished look. Add butterflies or flowers to the plates to give it a beautiful garden fairy inspired look.

A few more tips to save money….

Keep your guest count low! Don’t invite your daughter’s entire class. Keeping it to 8-10 guests really makes the environment more enjoyable for you and the guests.

Plan your party outdoors (if the weather permits). A fairy party is perfectly set against a natural background. The more you can use nature for decoration the less you have to spend to make the space look the part.

Use what you have! If you have rustic decor in your home, use it! Does your daughter already have fairy toys, outfits, dress up clothes? Use them! The more you incorporate what you already have the less you have to spend.

Happy planning! Hope your fairy party is flitterific!